The Smart Guide to Service Innovation

12 MARCH 2013

The European Commission has released the publication 'The Smart Guide to Service Innovation'. The 'Smart Guide' is part of a framework of publications on the support of SME Policy from Structural Funds.

Click here to read a digital copy of ‘The Smart Guide to Service Innovation‘ (pdf – English version).

SME Policy in European Regions
In order for SMEs to flourish, a winning concept which boosts competitiveness and shapes a sound business environment is vital. With 23 million SMEs spread out all over Europe, this is influenced in many ways, not only from EU and national level but also from regional policies. And to maintain a broad base of SMEs is very important for the economic tissue of a region and thus for its wealth and sustainability.

The EU contributes to its Member States’, as well as its regions’, success in this area by providing analysis, inspiration, programs and initiatives.


Guidebook Series: How to support SME Policy initiatives from Structural Funds
The publication ‘The Smart Guide to Service Innovation’ is part of a guidebooks series. The guidebooks currently being prepared and disseminated by the European Commission are based on the sound knowledge and rich experience that DG Enterprise has acquired in the field of SME Policy analysis, development and implementation. These guidebooks offer inspiration, tested examples, practical help and hands-on advice gathered by SME Policy expert groups. Many of the best practices identified by these expert groups need financial support for their implementation for which financing by structural funds (ERDF and ESF) is available, in particular also at regional level.

Each guidebook deals with a specific area of SME policy and includes suitable examples of recent and similar projects.

This series of Guidebooks is thus highly recommended to those involved in SME Policy as well as regional development, in the hope of raising further awareness regarding EU SME Policy and facilitating the funding process of appropriate SME policy measures and initiatives at national and regional level.

The complete Guidebook Series can be found here.
The Guidebooks are currently only available in English. Translations in 20 languages are being prepared.

(source: European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry)